Car accident injuries can be devastating. After a crash, your quality of life and ability to work could be hampered for an extended period of time, even permanently. Even when you believe the circumstances surrounding the collision are clear, obtaining suitable compensation from the driver or their insurance company can be frustrating and stressful. This is particularly true when you’re dealing with physical and emotional pain. This burden sometimes causes injured victims to settle quickly, for less than what they are entitled to, because they’re worn out by the process or don’t fully understand their legal rights. Johnson Bearse, LLP in Frankfort has extensive experience representing victims of driver negligence throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. No matter what led to your vehicle accident, you can trust us to pursue the compensation you deserve.
Approximately 35,000 people suffer a personal injury on Kentucky roads every year. Each case is unique, but several causes repeatedly show up in accident reports, including:
Things you do and say immediately after the collision could have a major effect on your case. Once you confirm that appropriate medical attention is being provided, you can gather information about the accident scene and potential witnesses. Time is of the essence in cases involving car accidents, so don’t delay in retaining a qualified attorney who will conduct a thorough investigation. Insured drivers must file within two years of receiving their final payment. Cases are often settled without the cost and stress of a court trial, so you might collect payment quickly. However, we are aggressive trial advocates when the liable driver won’t accept a fair offer.
Certain types of accidents present special legal challenges for plaintiffs. Our accomplished attorneys are well versed in the issues that affect various claims, such as the propensity for sport utility vehicles to roll over. In cases involving large trucks, we examine records, police reports and other evidence to see if rules governing commercial vehicles were violated. We also handle litigation stemming from injuries that result when a pedestrian is struck by a car or truck.
Kentucky has what is known as a “no fault” auto insurance system, but this does not mean that lawsuits against negligent drivers are completely barred. Insured drivers in the state must have at least $10,000 of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, which provides reimbursement for medical costs, lost wages and other damages, regardless of who was to blame for the collision or whether the other party to your accident lacks insurance. As this amount often cannot cover crash-related costs, many victims have higher policies and lawsuits can be filed against at-fault drivers when a serious injury, such as disfigurement or permanent disability, results. We are skilled personal injury lawyers who can accurately assess what type of damages might be available so you can decide how to proceed and know what to anticipate.
Johnson Bearse, LLP in Frankfort represents Kentucky clients who seek compensation for injuries suffered in a car crash or some other type of vehicle accident. To learn about your legal options, call 502-605-6100 or contact us online.